Keeping your study permit valid
According to IRCC, you are required to extend your study permit before it expires. Also, you are required to remain enrolled and make reasonable and timely progress towards completing your program. According to IRCC, failing to do so could lead to your removal from Canada. Please come to ISSAC for assistance if you are facing difficulties and need to take a leave from you studies. We are here to help!
Extending your study permit
Every study permit has an expiration date identified on the document. If your studies require you to remain in Canada beyond the expiry date of your study permit, you must extend your study permit before it expires. IRCC recommends submitting your application at least 30 days before your current permit expires.
Completing your program
Your study permit becomes invalid 90 days after you have completed your study program or, the date of expiry as stated on the study permit, whichever comes first.
Your program is considered complete when you receive written notification of program completion (for example, a transcript or an official letter) from your institution or once you obtain your degree, diploma or certificate.
The University of Saskatchewan is required to report to IRCC on your continued enrolment and academic status. If you have any questions/concerns about this, please check the Reporting Enrolment Status and/or visit ISSAC and speak to an International Education Officer.
The University of Saskatchewan is required to report to IRCC on your continued enrolment and academic status. If you have any questions/concerns about this, please check out the Reporting Enrolment Status and come to ISSAC to speak with an International Education Officer
Applying to extend your study permit
You must apply from within Canada, either:
Cost: $150.00 Canadian
Processing time: You can check processing times online
You will need the following general supporting documents:
- When applying to renew your study permit, your Confirmation of Enrollment is required instead of your Letter of Acceptance. If your Confirmation of Enrollment specifies you are in the final year of your program (for example fourth year of a four-year program), it is suggested to provide an explanation letter identifying your expected completion date.
2. Proof of means of financial support
- You must prove you have enough money (in Canadian funds) to support yourself and your dependents (if applicable) while you study in Canada. Find out what documents you can use to prove you have the minimum amount of money that you will need. 3
3. Copy of your passport
- You must include the biodata page of your passport with your picture, plus all other pages with stamps, visas and/or markings.
4. Passport-size photo
5. Proof of academic standing at institutions:
- letter from
institutionalregistrar and/or photocopies of transcripts from your last periods of study. See document checklist (Imm555E)
Additional documents may be required and can vary depending on whether you apply online or on paper. Therefore, be sure to always carefully read the application instructions.
If application is refused
- Read your refusal letter thoroughly. If possible, address the issues identified in the refusal letter and resubmit the application.
- Make an Access to Information Request to get the Immigration Officers notes. This will give you the more detailed reasons for your application refusal. You must be in Canada to make this request. It costs $5.00 and you should receive a response in approximately 30 days.
- Visit ISSAC and speak to an International Education Officer – we are here to help.
If your study permit has expired
If IRCC receives your renewal application BEFORE your current study permit expires, you have implied status. Under implied status, you may continue studying under the same conditions pending a determination of your application for renewal, as long as you remain in Canada.
Please note that your implied status does not allow you to work on campus as per the following:
Foreign national students require a valid study permit at all times to conduct on campus employment. All types of employment, including but not limited to work conducted by research assistants, teaching assistants, markers or at on-campus businesses, should cease the day a student’s study permit expires.
Implied status, where a student has applied for a study permit extension prior to their current study permit expiring, allows a student to continue studying, but implied status does not allow work between study permits. IRCC policy is clear that the ability to work is tied to having a valid study permit and students must cease working on campus immediately upon study permit expiry.
Please be advised that this immigration advice has been prepared by University legal counsel and must be provided in an unaltered state.
Loss of status
You have lost your status if your study permit expires and you have not applied to renew it. You must stop studying and working immediately. You have 90 days from the day you lost your status to apply for the restoration of your status.
There is no guarantee that your application for restoration will be approved. You need to pay $150 for a new study permit as well as the $200 restoration fee. You must provide a letter of explanation as to why you have lost your status.
It is not advisable to leave Canada while an immigration document extension is being processed and/or your current document will expire while you are abroad. If you think you will be facing this situation, please consult the IRCC website and come to ISSAC to speak with an International Education Officer. Learn more on travelling outside of Canada.
After renewing study permit
Remember to do the following after you renew your study permit:
- Make a copy of it and store the original in a safe place
- Renew your Saskatchewan Health Coverage
- Renew your Social Insurance Number (SIN), if applicable
- Apply for a new Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to enter Canada, if your country of citizenship requires one
- Renew your Driver’s License, if applicable
Taking a leave from studies
If you need to take a leave from your studies because you are Required To Discontinue (RTD) from your program, or because of a personal, medical, financial or any other reason, please come talk to ISSAC to discuss the immigration implications and review this guidance to learn about the supports and resources you may need.
Completing the application
Common questions when completing the application
When you apply to extend your study permit, you can ALSO:
- apply for/extend a co-op work permit (if eligible or applicable)
- apply for/extend documents of your dependents (e.g. a spouse/partner’s work permit or a child’s visitor record or study permit)
What is a UCI?
It stands for a «unique client identifier» as well known as «client ID». It appears on all official documents from IRCC. It has four numbers, a hyphen and four numbers, example: 0000-0000.
What is a document number?
It appears on all official IRCC documents. It is usually printed in black ink as one letter followed by 9 numbers.
How to answer «Duration of expected studies» question?
In «from» write the date on which you are filling out the application. In «to» write the date that is 90 days after your anticipated completion date. You may stay in Canada for 90 days beyond the completion of your studies only if you have a valid study permit. This time period is called a “bridge extension”.
How to fill out the «employment» section?
If you do not have a job, you can write «student».
How to sign the form when applying online?
It is not possible to sign the form if applying online, so upload the form without signing. After uploading all your documents, you will later be asked to electronically sign your application by typing your name.
Is it needed to upload the proof of a medical exam?
In general, most students in Canada do not need proof of a medical exam unless (1) they lived in certain countries for more than 6 months in the past 12 months, or (2) they wanted to work in certain health-related occupations. Read more.
The immigration information on this page has been reviewed and endorsed by an immigration lawyer in compliance with the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. However, this is not a legal document and information may change without notice. Always refer to www.cic.gc.ca for the most up-to-date information, or contact ISSAC.
Use the International Student Guide to learn about life as an international student at the U of S including immigration matters and information on working and living in Canada.
If you can't find what you need in the International Student Guide contact The International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC). We are here to help! Drop-in advising is available.